Jeremy Morin is on the move…..again.
For the third time in 13 months, and the fourth time in five years, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded or traded for the 24-year-old forward. This time around, Morin is headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization in exchange for another 24-year-old forward, Richard Panik, a former second round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Although Panik was playing for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, scoring 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists), the former Slovakian junior star is expected to join the Blackhawks upon his arrival to add some forward depth. In 151 NHL games, he’s scored 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists).
As for Morin, the saga in and out of Chicago continues. Taken seven spots before Panik in the 2009 NHL draft (no. 45 overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers, he made his first move to the Blackhawks before the 2010-11 season in the trade that sent Dustin Byfuglien down south. During his first tenure, he split time between Chicago and the Rockford Icehogs, the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Tim Erixon in December 2014.
His stay in Columbus wouldn’t last long. He played 28 games and scored two goals before being reacquired by the Blackhawks in the Brandon Saad deal prior to this season and now he’s off to Toronto. All in all, Morin has played in 82 NHL games and has scored 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists).
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville thinks the move will be good for both guys.
“I think it’s probably comparable for both players, healthy, fresh starts for both guys, proven guys who have had an opportunity in the NHL at some point in their careers.”
The move seems to make sense for the Blackhawks, as Panik seems to have a slightly better upside, but only time will tell on that. There is one thing that I can recommend. If you own a Jeremy Morin jersey, you might want to hang onto it. You never know when he might be back.